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Women's Tennis Edges Roanoke, 5-4

Eagles coach Jordon Robinson talks with Jamiah Lewis and Whitney Kiser.

BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater rallied from a set down to win matches at No. 1 and No. 6 singles Wednesday afternoon as the Eagles slipped past Roanoke, 5-4, in ODAC action on Mapp Courts.

Doubles play proved to be key in the contest and the Eagles won two of three to take an early lead.

Roanoke's Janny Alvarado and Carolyn Kitsock took the first point, defeating Bridgewater's Rachel Zarin and Rachel Crawford 8-3 at No. 3 doubles. The Eagles evened the score at No. 1 where Jamiah Lewis and Whitney Kiser took an 8-5 victory over Jessica Kennedy and Avery Smith. No. 2 doubles turned out to be a key match for the Eagles as Nicole Shifflett and Stephanie Barton outlasted Catherine Lee and Madeline Herring 9-8. The Bridgewater duo won a marathon tiebreaker by the score of 13-11 to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

Roanoke moved ahead with straight set victories at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Smith defeated Shifflett 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles and Herring stopped Barton at No. 4 singles 6-3, 6-3 to give the Maroons a 3-2 lead. 

Kiser pulled the Eagles even when she turned back Lee 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 slot to tie the team score at 3-3.

Roanoke's Kitsock moved the Maroons back out front with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 5 singles over Shannon Quinn, making the team score 4-3 in favor of the Maroons.

Roanoke needed to win just one of the two remaining matches at No. 1 singles and No. 6 singles and the Maroons won the first set in each.

At No. 6, Alvarado edged Crawford 7-5 in the first set, but Crawford bounced back to win the second set 6-3 to even the match. Crawford then controlled play in the third set, winning 6-1.

The final match left on the court was at No.1 singles where Roanoke's Kennedy won the first set over Brigewater's Lewis 6-2. Lewis fought back to win the second set 6-3 and the third set was all Lewis as she prevailed 6-0 to give the Eagles the tense 5-4 team victory.